Efficacy of intervention at traffic schools reducing impulsive action, and association with candidate gene variants

Road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death among young people. Recognising the role of impulsive tendencies in risk taking behaviour may help novice drivers to behave more safely. Previously, a brief intervention focusing on impulsive traffic behaviour, conducted by psychologists in driving schools, has been effective [1, 2]. Following the success a new intervention study was carried out but this time the intervention was conducted by regular driving school teachers, who had previously been trained to carry out the intervention. The new intervention, similarly to the previous one, significantly decreased prevalence of traffic collisions and lowered general traffic risk (occurrence of either a recorded traffic offence or a collision). The association of impulsivity measures and candidate gene variants with risk-taking behaviour in traffic and the efficacy of the intervention is also analysed and discussed in the study. Read more in detail here!

  1. PAAVER M, EENSOO D, KAASIK K, VAHT M, MÄESTU J, HARRO J. Predicting risky driving: A novel and efficient brief intervention focusing on acknowledgement of personal risk factors. Accident Analysis & Prevention 2013;50:430–437.
  2. EENSOO D, PAAVER M, VAHT M, LOIT HM, HARRO J. Risky driving and the persistent effect of a randomized intervention focusing on impulsivity: The role of the serotonin transporter promoter polymorphism. Accident Analysis & Prevention 2018;113:19–24.

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